Whether your organization is big or small, centralized or decentralized, you should have a network forensics or analyzer and troubleshooting solution up and running. Network forensics is the capture, storage, and analysis of network events. You might also hear it referred to as packet mining, packet forensics, or digital forensics. Regardless of the name, the idea is the same: record every piece of network traffic – all emails, all database queries, all Web browsing, basically any information traversing your corporate network – to a single repository that can be examined after the fact.
Network forensics or analyzer and troubleshooting solution allows you to find the details of network events after they happened. It essentially allows you to reconstruct the history of your entire network; think of it as “The Network Time Machine.” By recording every single packet that is transmitted over your corporate networks, network forensics allows you to reconstruct any emails, instant messages, FTP traffic, or any other form of communication from the original transmissions. It doesn’t get any more accurate than that. You’re able to use network forensics to analyze historical network traffic to conduct or assist in many types of investigations.
Network forensics is commonly used for capturing an attack fingerprint and performing post-attack analysis for security exploits. With network forensics, you’re able to analyze historical network traffic in order to conduct investigations for security attacks. Using network forensics you can reconstruct the sequence of events that occur at the time of a breach and get the complete picture.
Network forensics is more commonly used by IT for other problem incidents.
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The WildPackets OmniPeek Distributed Analysis Suite provides real-time visibility into every part of the network – simultaneously from a single interface – including Gigabit, 10GbE, Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, VoIP, and WAN links to remote offices. Using OmniPeek’s local capture capabilities, centralized console, distributed engines, and expert analysis, you can rapidly troubleshoot faults and fix problems and look for security exploits, restoring essential services and maximizing network uptime and user satisfaction. WatchPoint is a comprehensive reporting solution from WildPackets which allows you to receive NetFlow and sFlow statistics and correlate these with data from multiple WildPackets OmniEngines and Omnipliances.
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In computer networks, network management refers to the activities, methods, procedures, and tools that pertain to the operation, administration, maintenance, and provisioning of networked systems. Network management is essential to command and control practices and is generally carried out of a network operations center.
Operation deals with keeping the network (and the services that the network provides) up and running smoothly. It includes monitoring the network to spot problems as soon as possible, ideally before users are affected.
Administration deals with keeping track of resources in the network and how they are assigned. It includes all the "housekeeping" that is necessary to keep the network under control.
Maintenance is concerned with performing repairs and upgrades—for example, when equipment must be replaced, when a router needs a patch for an operating system image, when a new switch is added to a network. Maintenance also involves corrective and preventive measures to make the managed network run "better", such as adjusting device configuration parameters.
Provisioning is concerned with configuring resources in the network to support a given service. For example, this might include setting up the network so that a new customer can receive voice service. A common way of characterizing network management functions is FCAPS—Fault, Configuration, Accounting, Performance and Security.
Functions that are performed as part of network management accordingly include controlling, planning, allocating, deploying, coordinating, and monitoring the resources of a network, network planning, frequency allocation, predetermined traffic routing to support load balancing, cryptographic key distribution authorization, configuration management, fault management, security management, performance management, bandwidth management, Route analytics and accounting management.
Data for network management is collected through several mechanisms, including agents installed on infrastructure, synthetic monitoring that simulates transactions, logs of activity, sniffers and real user monitoring. In the past network management mainly consisted of monitoring whether devices were up or down; today performance management has become a crucial part of the IT team's role which brings about a host of challenges—especially for global organizations.
With network management tools in place, companies can monitor – in real-time – all aspects of their network assets, including bandwidth, storage space, software installation and usage, and anti-virus protection. As a result, they can tap into the full potential of their infrastructures and maximize return on their network investments by:
Performing network IT audits to accurately log and track all related inventory, and facilitate software license compliance.
Identifying the location and configuration of network components.
Diagnosing and troubleshooting problems and issues that may impact network performance.
Conducting ongoing monitoring of servers and other network assets – even from remote or off-site locations.
With a broad array of robust features to enhance end-to-end network IT asset management, such as
Additionally, many network management tools include fully-integrated IT help desk capabilities. So, companies can not only better manage the individual components within their IT networks, as well as the infrastructure as a whole. They can more efficiently and effectively address the problems and issues faced by the users who are connected to those networks.
Taking the Work Out of Network Management.
It is challenging enough to keep users satisfied with their critical applications without worrying about how well your network management solution is supporting the network and your business. Entuity Network Management, an all in-one, enterprise-class network management solution, takes the work out of network management so that IT staff can focus their valuable time on their highest priority—service delivery.
Entuity all in-one network management solution includes all the vital core components necessary to manage today’s changing networks. Unlike other solutions that require installing, integrating, and managing multiple products, Entuity includes everything you need to manage your network with ease to achieve peak efficiency of your network including:
|Auto Discovery and Inventory||Elemental Performance|
|Live Topology||Integrated Application Flow|
|Events Management||Customizable Reporting|
|Root Cause Analysis||Specialized Dashboards|
|Configuration Monitoring||Cloud Support|
|Seamless and Infinite Scalability||Virtual Product Support|
Entuity consolidates and automates varied network management tasks reducing data silos, wasted time spent on manual tasks and managing separate products. Entuity Network Management delivers:
Future Proof Architecture
It’s agile, scalable, heterogeneous architecture enables adoption of new technologies and devices as they become available safeguarding the value of your IT investment.
Lets you get the job done while reducing personnel time, provides complete device coverage and performance at a lower total cost of ownership. Improved network visibility keeps CapEx and OpEx in check.
Out of the box reports and custom dashboards are available to illustrate the effectiveness of how the network is supporting the business. From CIO reports and Green IT; to Service Delivery and Remote Branch Management, Entuity understands that companies demand a business-centric focus of the network to ensure their success.
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Your network monitoring infrastructure – with its seemingly endless proliferation of monitoring tools – has become more complex, more demanding, and more intrusive of your production network. The limitations of SPAN and TAP make it more difficult for your monitoring, Tools to access and visualize all the traffic they need to see – whether it’s for spotting security vulnerabilities or application performance trends.
When you dramatically simplify your network monitoring, you can reach new levels of efficiency, flexibility and scalability. You can avoid common IT headaches and suffer less downtime. You can manage more traffic and more-complex, highly distributed networks with your current tools, staff and skills. You can move faster and smarter, with more confidence.
Enterprises need scalable and flexible networks that can adapt to the changing needs of the business world. Not only does the IT department need to add the right types of equipment (like monitoring tools, diagnostic tools, tools specific to company initiatives such as BYOD and private cloud, etc.), but they need to control costs at the same by adding the functionality exactly where and when it is needed.
ComGuard represents IXIA as We feel that in order to strike that perfect balance between secure performance and reasonable investment, it takes a monitoring switch like the IXIA Anue NTO to achieve the kind of visibility necessary for that intelligence. The IXIA Anue NTO helps organizations filter unnecessary packets and distribute data optimally to existing monitoring tools so that they are never overloaded by data that eventually could be lost.
Automatic trigger scripts help organizations get the most out of their monitoring investment by reducing mean time to repair. And all of that valuable trend data is made available so that organizations can be more proactive about their infrastructure decisions. This power of simplicity drives the power to create more network monitoring ROI & at ComGuard we believe that this benefit has to be passed to our customers.
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Real-time Cybersecurity and Network Performance Management Solutions
Real-time cybersecurity solution provides in-depth and real time forensics that go beyond firewalls and IDS/IPS systems to identify, resolve, and help prevent cyber-attacks. It efficiently creates rich meta-data from full packet captures of all network traffic at line rate in real time. Integrated network behavior based alarms are provided in addition to signature based alarms for fast and accurate detection of intrusions and zero day attacks. Rules-based content alerts proactively monitor email traffic, file leakage (specific file names or types), and blacklisted URL activity. We maintain a complete history of what transpired so a detailed retrospective, forensic analysis can be done at any time. Unknown security threats move out of the shadows and into the bright light of gotcha, making it a critical solution in use by over 1000 governments, intelligence agencies, financial institutions, service providers and other large enterprises.
Managing enterprise information technology (IT) has never been more challenging. Various obstacles continue to make it difficult for IT organizations to provide timely and secure services. The triumvirate of communication mediums (text, voice, and video); an increase in the number of network-enabled devices; and the importance of information sharing is fueling demand for more bandwidth, improved performance, and security. IT professionals are facing other challenges as well. Most immediate and prominent is the requirement to deliver and protect business information while it is stored on and traversing the network.
Information has become the lifeblood of all organizations. The creation, sharing, and manipulation of information create and build value for enterprises. The information must be immediately available for business operations, but at the same time, the potential for "leakage" exposes organizations to considerable risk, both financial and legal. In addition to maintaining uptime, productivity, and security, proving compliance with government regulations has become a key role for IT.
Considerable challenges are associated with information technology operations. These challenges are all well-known: performance, availability, threats, and compliance. However, addressing these challenges is not as clear cut. Availability problems resulting from a device failure can be addressed in a relatively straightforward manner, while availability problems associated with a denial of service attack are much more difficult to solve. The ability to effectively manage and secure more complex networks requires effective tools to provide complete control and visibility into a network's inner workings. These tools must ferret out both network and security issues that may disrupt the flow of information or expose information to unauthorized individuals. Additionally, organizations must also be able to prove regulatory compliance.
Real-time Cybersecurity and Network Performance Management Solution captures and reveals all traffic that moves over the network. Allows consolidated IDS, forensics, packet capture, flow & SNMP analysis, VoIP monitoring, and other capabilities. And it packs all of these functions into a single, unified platform offering a single management console to provide IT management with instant situational awareness of security threats, network operations, capacity planning, application profiling, and more. Also offers unparalleled data-in-motion surveillance to track attacks and performance problems as they happen and isolate the data in question so that a diagnostic procedure may be initiated. Real-time alerts are facilitated based on performance thresholds, policy rules, and signature and anomaly definitions. Users may then respond to these incidents and apply extensive forensic analysis options that significantly reduce mean time to resolution of problems. The common feature of Zero day attacks is that there are no signatures or approach to stop them until their impact is noticed and signatures are developed. These attacks can be launched through emails, spear-phishing links or through targeted exploitation of vulnerabilities in servers and other devices. Also there is usually a large gap (days to weeks) between the launch of an attack and development and deployment of updated signatures. Once the revised signatures are deployed, they can only stop instances of a zero day attack going forward. This real-time Cybersecurity solution provides an efficient and accurate approach to detect the vulnerabilities before the signatures are formed.
NIKSUN products are designed to take what the company calls a "holistic view" of possible network problem areas. NIKSUN deploys an intelligent analytics engine to identify and extract key trends/metrics to inform both strategic and operational IT teams of how elements of risk and incidents of unlawful activity (whether internal or external) propagate on the network. Detailed, packet-level data in reports generated by NIKSUN on multiple time scales allows IT to take action before events of great consequence occur (by detailing who, what, when, where, and how of incidents that have already occurred). Tactical teams can take advantage of real-time information for minimizing the time for incident response, root-cause analysis, cause discovery, and corrective action. Strategic teams can leverage long-term information provided by the NIKSUN Network Knowledge Warehouse for network design issues, trending, optimization, and measuring/implementing change.
The NIKSUN NetDetector Alpine is a full-featured appliance for network security monitoring. It is the only security monitoring appliance that integrates signature-based IDS functionality with statistical anomaly detection, analytics and deep forensics with web reconstruction and packet level decodes. It is the industry’s best security monitoring and forensics appliance to safeguard against increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.
NetDetectorLive offers comprehensive, flexible alarms on corporate policy violations and security threats. Out-of-the-box rules provide immediate notification when breaches occur. NIKSUN provides an unprecedented ability to “drill down” in real time so you can rapidly determine all the details required to investigate whatever threat is posed. And NetDetectorLive makes it very easy to add customized monitoring rules to immediately identify security policy violations, sensitive document exfiltration, and other suspicious traffic flows.
Brings the award winning NIKSUN NetDetector technology to departmental levels and remote branch offices by providing you with end-to-end detection, prevention, and forensics in a small, compact device. NIKSUN IntelliDefend combines the unique strengths of the award-winning NIKSUN NetDetector technology with the dual benefits of space efficiency and robustness for even the most demanding locations. The small, lightweight size is a perfect fit for the needs of the forensic road warrior looking for a powerful, yet compact solution.
NIKSUN’s PhoneSweep is a security audit tool that searches for modems, fax machines, and other devices within a set of phone numbers. It “sweeps” the telephone network to detect security risks such as unsecured modems and potential vulnerabilities to toll fraud, as well as ensure availability of active phone banks.
NIKSUN’s network performance solution provides integrated network packet capture, deep packet inspection and analysis for full network, service and application performance monitoring, and troubleshooting. It captures, inspects, mines, correlates, and stores every packet traversing the network, at multi-gigabit rates and provides comprhensive alarming and reporting capabilities.
The NIKSUN NetVCR Alpine is a full-featured appliance for network performance monitoring. It is the only performance monitoring appliance that seamlessly integrates all functions of network packet capture, deep packet inspection, and analysis for advanced real-time, network, service and application performance monitoring and troubleshooting, improving service delivery and user experience.
NIKSUN’s NetTradeWatch combines the capabilities of multicast data monitoring, delay measurements, and transaction analytics to provide 100% visibility into the trading network environment at any instance of time. The ability to analyze, report and troubleshoot both market data feeds and trade transactions makes it a unique, invaluable monitoring solution for enterprise trading networks.
NIKSUN’s NetVoice establishes a dual approach to overseeing and administering VoIP systems. By facilitating both long-term network knowledge for planning, trending, optimization and real-time insight for operational problem solving, NetVoice helps organizations define, deploy and maintain a cost effective balance of network resources needed to support the diverse technologies in converged networks and ensure the performance and integrity of VoIP infrastructure.
NIKSUN’s IntelliNetVCR provides the most vital functions of the NIKSUN NetVCR in a cost effective and robust form factor. This appliance can be deployed in non-controlled environments such as remote offices without fear of hard drive failures or other component failures. Due to the small size and portability of this appliance, field professionals looking for a compact yet powerful networking monitoring solution can now have what they have been searching for.
NIKSUN’s FlowAggregator is an advanced flow traffic collector that incorporates NetFlow and other supported flow data into the NIKSUN Network Knowledge Warehouse (NKW) for powerful and reliable performance monitoring, network traffic accounting, usage-based network billing, network planning, forensics and reporting. It aggregates, stores, analyzes, and produces alarms for NetFlow, J-Flow, NetStream , and other supported flow data from routers and switches on the network.
Network monitoring needs of organizations are varied in terms of the depth of analytics required. While certain network segments require continuous and in-depth monitoring for instantaneous notification of performance degradations or security threat alerts, others have less stringent monitoring needs. However, a complete record of network activity across all segments is necessary for post event troubleshooting and to meet certain compliance regulations. Many businesses also use proprietary applications, services and protocols which often mandate custom tools for application analysis. Network administrators require solutions that offer them the flexibility of high performance data capture, long term storage and scalable analytics, with the best ROI. NIKSUN NetBlackBox Pro is a uniquely designed, scaled down version of the NIKSUN Appliance that is uniquely designed for high performance data capture and simple analytics. This helps organizations to completely and cost effectively monitor their entire network.